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Discussion in 'MUSHROOM CULTIVATION' started by kyx, Nov 5, 2020.

  1. kyx

    kyx New Member

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    Hey all, so i have a trich problem. I definitely do need to completely sterilize my area before i start up some more tubs. But heres my process:
    I start out by making my quart sized jars, i made self healing lids with professor pinheads tek w polyfil and RTV sealant. I buy LC syringes from a trusted vendor and noc up white millet (Making sure to follow proper sterile procedure). I wait until every jar is fully colonized before i decide to start up tubs. At this point, everything seems to be chillin.
    My substrate consists of about 50% coco coir, 30% worm castings and 20% verm. I premix all of that and throw it in jars where i pasteurize in the pressure cooker @10psi for about 1hr20m. I let those cool overnight. Now the thing is, once i went to start up my tubs i would do it in an open area without spraying any type of “air sterilizer”, which mightve been one of my problems. i dont have a flow hood yet but i actually kind of made my own cheap version where i took a fan and duct taped on two air filters front and back, i hooked up a pic for reference. Next time i will build everything in front of that and see if it helps out. anyway, when i build my tubs i make sure im clean. Just showered, use gloves and mask and wiping everything down with iso. I dont modify my tubs at all, so once theyre put together i set em and *try to* forget em! I dont open up the tubs at all during colonization as Ive read changing the stable environment is no bueno. But i do make sure to keep tabs and check for any type of discoloration. My tubs will start out completely fine, flourishing and getting a nice dense layer of mycelium on top, water droplets and everything, i get so excited bc it looks so awesome, just to get hit with trich about 10 days in. Its been discouraging but i know that once i get my sterilization/technique down i got this. Thanks for the help yall i will gladly take and appreciate any type of advice or constructive criticism. Bless up!
     

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  2. redcat

    redcat The Myco Machine Moderator Mushroom Doctor

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    Awesome ! Excellent work so far. You've done massive research and invested a lot of hours/days/months to come this far and should be commended. I feel your pain with a constant trich invasion and ive got a couple suggestions. 1st suggestion is to stop using worm casting and to stick with coir and verm for now. 2nd suggestion is to pasteurize properly.. pasteurize your substrate. What your doing right now is not pasteurizing.
    To pasteurize easily(new redcat tek)soon. Simply take your sub jars and stick a metal round dial non digital meat thermometer(not a plastic digital...it will malfunction} through the hole in the lid. Place your sub jars in the oven and set it to the lowest setting. Keep checking the meat thermometer until it hits 150(This will take a couple hours so dont think your thermometer is broken)and then stop the heat. Keep checking your thermometer regularly and when it drops to 145 F then put the oven heat back on low. When the meat thermometer hits 150F again cut the heat. Pasteurization temps are 140F ! to 160 F and that method will keep you right in the middle. Keep it going for 2 hours and then turn off the heat completely. Thats it. Let it cool and use it immediately.
    So....No worm casting...properly pasteurize...I think this is your current problems going on.
     
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  3. GGTBod

    GGTBod Chronicles of Bod Administrator Cannabis Doctor Cacti Doctor

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    Nicely done @redcat i'd definitely be leaving out the worm casings too, my expansions subs is innert of any nutrient, just a medium to expand into full of air and moisture
     
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  4. kyx

    kyx New Member

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    alright awesome! I will be changing up a few things for my next tubs and ill make sure to keep ya in the loop. I appreciate this so much, thanks redcat you a real one!
     
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